Dodwall is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Dodwall family once lived in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Dodwall is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Dodwall family
The surname Dodwall was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dodwall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodwall research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1673, 1660, 1683, 1678, 1682, 1728, 1712, 1722, 1648, 1641 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Dodwall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dodwall Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dodwall family name include Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Dodwall family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Dodwell of Dublin; Richard Dowdeswell (1601-1673), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660, an active Royalist... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dodwall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dodwall family to Ireland
Some of the Dodwall family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dodwall family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dodwall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Arthur E. Dodwall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm